Rebecca Aile Romijn (November 6, 1972) is one of the transcendent models of recent times. She transcends the film business, where she has established herself as a top working actress, she transcends celebrity gossip mags, which somehow have kept their hands off since her high profile marriage to John Stamos, and she transcends modelling, even though that was the source of her fame. Basically, Rebecca Romijn has become a template that other models wish they could copy.
Rebecca is from Berkeley, California. Her father was Dutch-born and worked as a custom-furniture maker, while her mother was American-born English teacher, with Dutch and English ancestry. At Berkeley High School, Rebecca gained the nickname "Jolly Blond Giant" for obvious reasons (she is 5' 10", or 170cm).
Rebecca did some test pictures, and then was "discovered" by a talent scout. She began appearing on covers in her late teens, and her fame grew very quickly. Below are just a sample of her many covers, which she continues to get:
US: 'Elle' - June 1992; 'Glamour' - June 1996; 'Esquire' - July 1996; 'GQ' - February 1997; 'Shape' - April & August 1997; 'Zest' - July/August 1997; 'Allure' - September 1998; 'Glamour' - May 1998; 'Shape' - May 1998; 'Cosmopolitan' - July 1999; 'Details' - January 1999; 'Glamour' - May 1999; 'Sports Illustrated' - February 1999; 'Cosmopolitan' - July 2000; 'Premiere' - July 2000; 'Cosmopolitan' - May 2001; 'Elle' - March 2001; 'Glamour' - September 2001; 'InStyle' (Supplement) - October 2001; 'Elle' - April 2002; 'FHM' - January/February 2002; 'Jane' - November 2002; 'Marie Claire' - March 2002; 'Maxim' - November 2002; 'Glamour' - May 2003; 'Premiere' - April 2004; 'Vegas' - April 2004; 'Elle' - May 2004; 'Self' - June 2006; 'Self' - August 2008; 'Page Six' - November 9 2008; 'InStyle' - June 2009
Sweden: 'Elle' - June 2001
UK: 'Esquire' - July 1996; 'Maxim' - June 1998; 'FHM' - March 1999; 'Maxim' - October 2002; 'Night & Day' - May 26, 2002; 'Arena' - June 2003
Romijn was in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue by 1996, and appeared again in 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2006. They gave her the additional honor of including her in the 'Sports Illustrated Knockouts: Five Decades of Swimsuit Photography' book. She also walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2001. All of this this increased her exposure, and, like many models before her, Rebecca soon was getting walk-on roles in popular television series such as "Friends."
Unlike many other models, Hollywood big shots noticed that Rebecca had real acting talent. Among them was John Stamos, whom she met at a Victoria's Secret Fashion show and married in 1994. Though they were divorced in 2005, many still think of her by her married name, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. After a respectable interval, she then married actor Jerry O'Connell.
Rebecca began snagging bigger roles. Certainly, her new connections in Hollywood couldn't hurt, and she quickly got perhaps her biggest role, as Mystique in the "X-Men" film series. She also had memorable smaller roles in cult favorites like "Run Ronnie Run." She starred as the lead in Brian De Palma's "Femme Fatale" as a sexy thief. Many other roles have followed, both in film and on television, though her career as a Hollywood leading lady never really took off. Her highest profile role on television was as Alexis Meade on "Ugly Betty." She wasn't just respected in Hollywood: she made the usual FHM and other lad magazine "sexiest girl" lists, too.
Rebecca continues to act and model occasionally. She and Jerry have fraternal twin daughters, Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip, born 28 December 2008, which no doubt keep her busy. Romijn remains one of the top names in Hollywood and on the modelling scene.